Chauhan 1600

The Chauhan Empire at its height

The Chauhan Empire was a state that ruled a large portion of the Indian subcontinent during the mediaeval era. The Chauhans, a Rajput clan from the region around Ajmer, rose to power under the Delhi Khanate and played an important role in the 1392 coup d'état that deposed the Borjigin dynasty and ended the Mongol period in India.

Rajiv Dev Chauhan timed his rebellion perfectly, striking when the majority of Borjigin loyalists were sealed inside the imperial palace of Delhi for a great feast. With the Mongol leaders dead or imprisoned, and Chauhan garrisons in control of most major cities before anyone outside Delhi realised what had happened, most of the remaining Mongol administrators and regional commanders accepted the situation and pledged their loyalty to the new regime. Rajiv Dev did have to subdue a few counter-rebellions in the first years of his reign, but on a far smaller scale than he might have expected.

Under Rajiv Dev and his successors, the Chauhan Empire grew to surpass the Delhi Khanate at its height. The Chauhan dynasty lasted until the 18th century, when it was overthrown by the invading Kasis.